Hello All. I just wanted to let all of you out there know what Shannon Ridge Winery is doing up in Lake County, California these days. As of this year we are running about 1,500 head of sheep in our vineyards, and growing. This is part of Shannon Ridge’s sustainable farming practices. Here is a little history. A few years back my family had 100 sheep or so. One day a gate was left open, and the sheep got into our vineyards. We thought "oh no, this is not going to be good," but to be honest, the damage was not that bad. In fact there was no damage at all. The sheep were only eating the leaves, grass, and weeds in the rows, not the grapes at all. This was before verasion started. Come to find out the acid in the unripe grapes is too bitter for the sheep. The sheep also get 20% more protein when eating grape leaves than they do when eating grass. It is dessert-on-the-vine to them. When the sheep are grazing in the vineyard we call them our "Wooly Compost Machines” because of the natural "sustainable" fertilizers they leave behind. This has been a learning experience and we are still learning! This farming practice cuts down on herbicides and pesticides, and the sheep are actually doing our leafing for us, cutting down on vineyard costs. It is an amazing thing to watch. Here is a link to our YouTube Videos with the sheep grazing in our sustainable vineyards: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3wmApiqERl8. More information is available on our website as well at: http://www.shannonridge.com. I think what we are doing here at Shannon Ridge Winery in Lake County, California is pretty amazing. We would love to show everyone how we can all start being more sustainable and looking out for Mother Earth.